Community Development Offices will be closed January 29, 2021

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and please plan accordingly. On January 29, 2021, the entire Larimer County Community Development Department (Building, Planning, Code Compliance, Citizen Resources) will be closed to conduct a system upgrade. This upgrade also affects groups outside of Community Development including Weeds, Health (Septic) and Engineering. The Online Customer Portal is part of this upgrade and will not be available as we transition to a more customer friendly system. No inspections, no permitting, no staff on call, and limited other community development services will be available that day.

Community Development COVID-19 Operations

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are temporarily changing how we provide our services. Please read the Full Statement here.

We have developed guidelines for temporary outdoor expansion of businesses under state and county public health guidelines.
Please read those guidelines here
See individual statements for Building, Code Compliance, Engineering and Planning


A Pet Animal Facility is "Any place or premise used for the keeping of pet animals for the purpose of adoption, breeding, boarding, day care, training, grooming, handling, selling, sheltering, trading or otherwise transferring such animals." A Pet Animal Facility also includes keeping any individual animals for breeding stock. A Foster Home for Pet Animals is excluded from this definition. Section 4.3.1.O. of the Land Use Code provides the details on this use.

Approval from Larimer County is needed before operating a pet animal facility business. Contact the Planning Department at (970) 498-7679 to get started with the review process. Pet animal facilities also are regulated state-wide by the Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA).

The table below indicates which Larimer County review process is needed based on facility size and indoor/outdoor use areas:

  Minor Special Review Special Review Site Plan Review
All indoor use area up to 2,500 sq. ft. X    
All indoor use area 2,501 sq. ft. or more   X  
All indoor use area (any size) in B, C and I zone districts     X
Outdoor animal use area, any size   X  



Contact Planning Department

Larimer County Planning Department
200 W. Oak Street, Third Floor, Fort Collins, CO 80521
On-call Planner:
(970) 498-7679
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